Indulgence

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An indulgence, in Roman Catholic theology, means that temporal punishment (punishment here on Earth) for sins which have already been forgiven is taken from the sinner.[1]

A Roman Catholic indulgence, dated Dec. 19, 1521. The use of the printing press made possible the mass production of form documents offering indulgences.

The indulgence is given by the church after the sinner has confessed and received absolution.[2] Indulgences replaced the severe penances of the early church.

Martin Luther protested against them because they were sold. This was the starting point for the Protestant Reformation (1517).

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  • Code of Canon Law (1983) concerning Indulgences
  • Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, 1999 (Latin) (English translation: "Manual of Indulgences", published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, ISBN 1-57455-474-3)
  • Pope John Paul II's General Audience on Indulgences - 29 September 1999
  • The Apostolic Penitentiary publication on 'The Gift of the Indulgence' (29 January 2000) concerning esp. the Jubilee Indulgence
  • "Indulgences", in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • "A Primer on Indulgences" by James Akin
  • "The Enchiridion of Indulgences" (1968)
  • "Myths About Indulgences" from Catholic Answers
  • Indulgence of Sancta Congregatio Sedes